Two suspected drug traders were killed in a gunfight with police at Sabrang Khurermukh area in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar early Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Abdur Rashid Prakash Dailla, 47, son of late Enam Sharif of Sabrang Kochubunia area and Abul Kalam 35, son of Abdur Rahman of Katabonia of the Upazila.
Pradeep Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, said that tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in Sabrang Khurermukh area around 1:30 am.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gunfight. During the gunfight, Rashid and Kalam caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.
Three policemen - sub-inspector Borhan Uddin, ASI Forhad and Constable Hridoy - were injured in the incident.
Police recovered five domestic weapons and 22,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from the spot.
According to police, the deceased were listed drug traders in the Ministry of Home Affairs. There are 10 cases including drug and human trafficking against Abul Kalam with Teknaf Police Station while six cases against Abdur Rashid.